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Mar 27, 2008 05:30 PM

Top 5 Cheap Eats in Fairfield County?

Where and what type of food? What do you order? Just because it is cheap doesn't always mean fresh, I want fresh yummy food. Any new places or secret places you can tell me. I won't tell anyone!
What about breakfast also?

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  1. Letizia's (Norwalk), Rawley's, Super Duper Weenie, Pepe's, S&S Dugout, Firehouse Deli (Fairfield), Coffee An' Donuts (Westport), Merritt Canteen (Bridgeport). enjoy fb

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    1. re: frankbooth

      funy you mentioned Firehouse as a cheap eats place - we think it's one if the most overpriced delis in Fairfield. I much prefer A&S for both quality and price, but Firehouse does make a good eggsalad sandwich.

    2. In no order

      - Giovanni's on North St (Eggplant Parm)- STM;
      - BSF (Burgers)- Greenwich;
      - Colony Pizza (Hot Oil) - STM;
      - The Lime (Cajun Chicken Wrap) - Norwalk;
      - Rosie's (Vegetarian on Ciabatta) - NC

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      1. re: jfood

        Penang Grill on Lewis St in Greenwich. Yes, an unlikely place for cheap eats... but it's not only cheap, it's FABULOUS! Eat in or take out. Go!!

        1. re: menton1

          I think it's relative. I find Penang rather expensive. Not compared to its next door neighbor, Jean Louis, or probably the rest of greenwich, but compared to what's found up 95 a few miles, I find it to be pretty expensive. Not that it isn't tasty, just it isn't too cheap either. For me, at least.

          nbermas.. for breakfast (I'm a broken record) the Lakeside special is $5 and you can substitute in a half stack of pancakes too. It comes with two eggs, sausage or bacon, home fries, french toast (or pancakes) and toast. That's a good deal for me...

          There are others too, but my brain isn't working properly. I'll mull it over the weekend and think of some good stuff. Like the latin stuff in norwalk, etc...

          1. re: adamclyde

            adamclyde; I just went to your broken record Lakeside place we both were disgusted with the food. Not fresh had to have my order sent back 3 times before they got it right and I was not happy. Did you ask me about the new fried chicken place in stamford, went it it look but didn't get anything. I looked and smelled very fried. The more I eat out the more I just love my own cooking. I am clean and my food is Excellent.

            Sometimes you get what you pay for.

            1. re: nbermas

              hey, I stand by those lakeside pancakes! :) The place is nothing to write home about. but those pancakes... mmmmmmm. Anything beyond the pancakes and home fries are all I go for. (actually, the waffles and donuts aren't too bad). Sorry you didn't like the place... but do you know of better pancakes in stamford?

              the fried chicken place... good to know. Like I said, I never stepped foot into it. Just drove by and was curious if it were a hidden gem. Sounds like it's just hidden.

              1. re: adamclyde

                We didn't have the pancakes and i couldn't think of what you had said about what to order, but now i know. Thanks my friend. Any good meals lately? Have you tried monster B's?

                1. re: adamclyde

                  I agree, Lakeside's pancakes are the best. I've had pancakes that came close, though, at Parkway Diner.

                2. re: nbermas

                  One doesn't send a dish back even once in a diner (c'mon!)
                  You eat it or you leave it alone.

            2. re: jfood

              I was really disappointed in Colony's pizza.

              Great bar, family spot with traditional ambiance- but the food is mediocre at best.

              1. re: dinerfan

                the colony pie is iconic. the hot oil, the stingers, just press on your brain until you have to go back month after month.

                1. re: steve h.

                  Oily pizza doesn't do it for me. I've ruined too many shirts and burned too many holes in the roof of my mouth to wax poetic about it, but to each his or her own.
                  When I have to have it, and occasionally I do, I go to Atlantic Pizza, where I was introduced to the cheesy pie decades ago, across the street from the old YMCA where I swam on a mediocre team.

                2. re: dinerfan

                  colony does not serve food, it serves pizza. And the hot oil is what dreams are made of.

                  "family spot with traditional ambiance"? it's a bar that serves beer, not chocolate milk!! Oy

                  1. re: jfood

                    The restaurant side of it has been a local icon since I was in high school.

                    And that was not last week, btw.

                    1. re: dinerfan

                      Oops, jfood mis-read your syntax last night. You were saying both, apologies.

                      Jfood loves the pizza at Colony, loves to see kids there early enjoying as well. He would characterize it as a bar where kids are also welcomed to enjoy the food versus a family spot. Whatever.


                3. re: jfood

                  Where is the place to get the eggplant parm?
                  I"m in Westchester.....

                  1. re: kelzy

                    Easy - LaManda's in white plains. Very inexpensive. Cash only. 75 years old, same family. probably no change in decor during that time frame. go early! say hi to Sal for me!

                4. Venezuelan Beach Food (arepas and a whole lot of other stuff)—Norwalk (near the Lime).

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                  1. re: Elizzie

                    That place is called Valencia Luncheria. I finally got there, thanks to recs from a bunch of Chowhounds and it is ridiculously cheap for the good quality of food.
                    MANY options. You can get heavy corn muffin type food (I think those are the arepas) but I got a brie-blueberry salad for 8 bucks that would have cost 12 elsewhere.

                    Patricia Brooks talks about it in the Times:
                    a couple of years ago.

                  2. hamburgers -- bsf -- byram
                    hot dogs -- Costco darien (at lunch counter, hebe nats and drink buck fifty)
                    lobster rolls -- knapps landing stratford
                    pizza -- pizza bistro or colony stamford
                    fast sandwich -- hey, for value and speed, subway can't be beat.

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                    1. re: louuuuu

                      good call on the HN dogs at costco. great deal. BTW - they stopped selling the carnegie pastrami. it was awful.

                      1. re: jfood

                        and they are jumbo (2x regular) dogs to boot. Any Costco in America, Portchester, New Rochelle, Hackensack, Yonkers, Brookfield, etc.

                        btw, jfood, next time you are in Tampa (saw you on Flordia board) try Skyway Jack's in St. Pete (off 275) for breakfast. Best cheap eats in America.

                    2. A few more beyond those already mentioned:

                      1) Royal Guard Fish & Chips, Stamford. Reasonably authentic Fish, ok chips. Get the Haddock.
                      2) Giovanni's Deli, North St., Stamford. Italian deli, parm subs, etc.
                      3) Bachata, E. Main St., Stamford. Dominican restaurant, cafeteria-style. Excellent pernil, stews, soups.
                      4) Scotty's Fish & Chips, Stillwater Ave, Stamford. Cafeteria-style Jamaican. Curry chicken, curry goat, kingfish, stew chicken, rice & peas. Jerk chicken and pork may be better elsewhere, search around on this board.
                      5) Top Dog, Old Greenwich. Excellent dogs and sweet potato & regular fries.
                      6) Myrna's, E. Main, Stamford. Expensive to eat in, but reasonable and very good kibbe, falafel, other Lebanese fare.

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                      1. re: cteats

                        Nice calls, at least those I've tried.

                        Giovanni's does great sandwiches.

                        Myrna's is a gem.

                        Scotty's? I'll do it. The Jamaican angle threw me. Royal Guard & Bachata? New to me, I'll investigate.